About

Hello + Welcome!
TelescopeTrader Classifieds is 100% USER SUPPORTED with sponsor links and feature ads. This means the ONLY ads you'll see here are YOUR ADS! Learn more about becoming a sponsor HERE.

Who We Are
My name is Michael and I created the site in 2016 with the help of my eldest son, Baxter. I'm a web developer and run TaskPoet, a website management company for nonprofits, and operate this website in my spare time. We are amateur astronomy and astrophotography enthusiasts just like you! We started out looking for an easy way to buy, sell, and trade used telescopes, astronomy equipment, and astrophotography equipment near us. Our business is family-owned and based in Southern California USA. Our email is [email protected] and we are always here and happy to help!

Our Mission + Values
We want to be the Internet's best astronomy classifieds and help support the growth of amateur astronomy and astrophotography in local communities. Through our involvement with astronomy clubs and related organizations including The International Dark-Sky Association, we are encouraging people of all ages to get involved with astronomy and astrophotography. We support environmental sustainability by helping encourage recycling of used astronomy equipment, telescopes, and astrophotography gear.

Simple, Honest Pricing
Post an ad for used telescopes, telescope accessories, telescope eyepieces, telescope mounts, telescope parts, and astrophotography gear. Basic listings are FREE and feature listings are $20 and are prominently promoted across our website, newsletter, and Facebook page. If you want your items to get the most eyeballs and potentially sell more quickly, upgrade to a feature ad for maximum views.

Email Verification
Once you submit your ad, verify your email by clicking the verification link in the email we send. After your email is verified and you ad is reviewed, it will be published live. Our notification emails come from [email protected]. Please add our email addresses to your safe sender list so they don't end up in your junk/spam folders. This way, you will be sure to get email notifications when someone contacts you about your ads.

Posting Your Listing
Feature ads run for 30 days and free ads run until you turn them off. You can change the price or other details of your listing at any time after posting using the edit link. After you trade, sell or find your item, PLEASE set the ad status to SOLD or FOUND and leave the ad up. This will let others see the ads you've posted and that you are a regular and trusted user. However, you can turn the ad off at any time if you prefer. Simply edit the ad and select the "Completed" button on the bottom of the ad edit page.

Business Owners + Educators
If you are a business owner or educator, connect with thousands of potential astronomy enthusiasts and customers in need of your skills. Post an ad to promote your astronomy-related services, books, courses, videos, podcasts, or training programs.

Wanted Ads
Make it easy for potential sellers in your city or across the United States (or Canada) to connect with you. Post a wanted ad for those rare and hard to find items!

Invite Friends
If you like what we're doing, please visit often and support us by inviting friends. Just share our link: https://www.telescopetrader.com

Online & IRL Safety
We are committed to your ONLINE safety and to make buying/selling/trading your used astronomy equipment as simple as possible. We monitor and review ALL USERS and ADS for suspicious activity. Because we personally review each item and ONLY list surplus astronomy equipment, we are able to provide a much safer experience. And, our website runs on the newest technology with robust anti-spam and security features. However, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for your IRL (In Real Life) safety, so don't be a victim! Please DO YOUR PART and read our safety information page HERE.

Disclaimer
TelescopeTrader Classifieds is a freemium astronomy classifieds website where users can buy, sell, or trade surplus astronomy equipment. Please be aware that we do NOT accept or assume any responsibility whatsoever for any transactions between members who use our website. Our staff will NOT get involved or intervene in any disputes that arise between any participants involved in transactions that occur through the use of this venue. “Buyer beware” and “seller beware” should be kept in mind when entering into transactions when using any classifieds website. For more information, please visit our avoiding scams page HERE.